Cultural Heritage Walks: The Medieval Royal Palace at Visegrad

November 9, 2013 - 09:00 - 14:00
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Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
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Department of Medieval Studies
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Cultural Heritage Walks: The Medieval Royal Palace at Visegrad

The first cultural heritage excursion will show the medieval royal palace complex at Visegrád. Visegrád is situated in a picturesque part of the Danube Bend. Today, it is the smallest town of Hungary, but it was one of the most important royal centres in the Middle Ages and the capital of the country in the 14th century. The site is dominated by the Danube and the woodland area of the Pilis, which is part of a national park.

The royal palace of Visegrád is one of the most complex and thoroughly researched monuments of medieval architecture in Hungary. It is an outstanding site for the courtly culture, royal patronage and art production in the medieval Kingdom of Hungary. During its two hundred years of habitation (14-16th centuries) , the palace was a sophisticated complex that encompassed everything from great displays of status and prestige to mundane realities of daily life: ecclesiastical buildings (including a royal chapel and a Franciscan friary) loggias, balconies, fountains, gardens, kitchens, workshops, and storage. The Late Gothic architectural elements and the Renaissance carved stone material (fountains, reliefs, etc.) belonged to the highest level of artistic production in Central Europe and to the group exceptional pieces of the earliest Renaissance period outside of Italy. 

The excursion to Visegrád will be guided by József Laszlovszky, professor in the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU. He has been leading the archaeological excavations of the Franciscan friary in the medieval royal palace complex at Visegrád for twenty years. He has been also involved in exhibitions and cultural heritage programs of Visegrád and the medieval royal forest in the Pilis area. 

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Application deadline: 4 PM November 7, Thursday


The Program Committee of the Cultural Heritage Studies in cooperation with CAC organizes cultural heritage walks for CEU students, faculty, staff and their guests in Budapest and excursions to the countryside in the academic year 2013-14. The aim of these walks and excursions is to visit outstanding monuments, sites and collections with the guidance of cultural heritage experts. The sites represent different periods of history, artistic production and cultural achievments. The programs are designed to offer and introduction for those, who are not familiar with the region, and at the same time, they will also be attractive for those, who know or study the art, culture and history of Central Europe. The walks and excursions are also organized to show hidden parts of monuments and sites, which are normally not open for the public.